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Getaway to Universal Studios Hollywood

Heading to Universal Studios Hollywood during summer vacation was a frightening idea. The crowds, the lines, the mass of humanity crowded together pushing and shoving! But summer was the only time I could schedule a getaway to celebrate the 13th birthday for a family member. I set out to find a way to make it work […]

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Wine, Wineries and Vineyards On California’s Central Coast

Cyprus trees along big sur

California is the nation’s largest wine producer and California’s Central Coast offers some of the best wine and most breathtaking scenery in the state. Many wineries are small, family-owned operations so travelers have the opportunity to meet with the actual winemaker or proprietor to learn about the history and culture of this area. From Ventura […]

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10 Extraordinary Gardens in California

As the breadbasket of the country, California is known for its bountiful harvests of everything from avocados to grapes. But the Golden State is also home to a wealth of Eden-like gardens that thrive thanks to California’s mild weather and variety of microclimates. Here are 10 standouts, in no particular order, all with public access. […]

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January is California Restaurant Month

Capitol Building, Sacramento, California

One of my favorite parts of traveling is discovering new food, whether that’s local restaurants, street vendors, or local ingredients to take home to incorporate into my own cooking. Food loving travelers to California can enjoy a little incentive to flex their food muscle as the state celebrates the 6th annual California Restaurant Month. It’s […]

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Hogwart’s is Coming to Universal Hollywood

The official opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood will be Thursday, April 7th, 2016. After visiting both Harry Potter attractions at Universal Orlando earlier this year, I’m excited about having something a little closer to home. Potter fans have been eagerly anticipating this arrival to the West Coast, more […]

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60 Years of Innovation at Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration

Walt Disney observed that Disneyland will never be complete so long as there is imagination left in the world, and since Opening Day, July 17, 1955, the Disneyland Resort tradition of innovation has continued, inspiring classic theme park attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Star Tours, Soarin’ Over California, Toy Story Midway […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: Building Seaside Memories with Holidays at The Del

It may barely be the end of summer, but it’s getting to late to make your Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s plans. If you’re looking for a warm weather holiday destination, with a distinct holiday twist, try the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego – it’s offers a beachfront ice rink. Known for celebrating the […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: Hit a Home Run with San Francisco Baseball Package

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is just a stone’s throw away from the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park and is the only luxury property along San Francisco’s waterfront. The season, you can combine luxury and baseball with the Hyatt Regency’s San Francisco Baseball package. The package includes: Accommodations for two $20 food and beverage credit […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: Spend the Holidays in Santa Barbara

Old Mission in Santa Barbara

Living in Santa Barbara, it’s not hard to get family and friends to visit, especially during the holidays. The hard part is having enough space for everyone. Visit Santa Barbara’s Holiday Extra Bedroom Promotion is designed to help alleviate this problem by working with hotels to offer local specials November 15th, 2013 – January 15th, […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: Crush Season on Central California Coast

Blue Dolphin Inn, California Coast

It’s crush season on the Central California Coast!  This is the playoffs for winegrowers, with the whole year’s efforts leading up the harvest. The Blue Dolphin Inn in Cambria, just 28 miles from Paso Robles, one of California’s most popular wine regions with more than 250 bonded wineries, is offering a new “Coastal Wine Package” […]

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Books to Read on Your Next Flight

In honor of World Book Day, I’m updating my progress in the 2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge – and in […]

A Dozen Gardens From Around the World

Since the flowers in my garden are not terribly impressive yet - things will be in full color in another few weeks - I turned to some of my blogger friends to get a take on some of their favorite gardens around the world. I selected a dozen of them, one for each month of the year, and hope you can work a visit into one of them during your next vacation.

The days are getting longer, and with flowers blooming in the yard along with a few peeks of the sun […]

Celebrate World Wildlife Day

Today, March 3rd, is UN World Wildlife Day. The UN General Assembly made this proclamation four years ago as a […]

Sail off on a Viking Homelands Cruise

I know that lots of you still haven’t made your big vacation plans for the year. Last year I took […]